Principles for Ensuring the Safe Management of Pain Medication Prescriptions by Occupational and Environmental Physicians

Chronic pain and opioid abuse and misuse are of importance to occupational and environmental medicine physicians, who often treat or manage patients with chronic pain related to workplace injury and illness. For some of these patients, debilitating pain can be partially relieved through the use of opioids. This guidance statement advocates measures for physicians and health care systems to take in order to decrease the inappropriate and harmful use of opioids for non‐cancer‐related chronic pain.
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